Donnie Yen is joining Keanu Reeves in “John Wick 4,” the film’s director Chad Stahelski recently confirmed.
The announcement: Stahelski said they are looking forward to working with the 57-year-old Hong Kong actor in the film’s fourth installment, Deadline exclusively reported.
- “Donnie Yen will bring a vibrant and powerful energy to the franchise,” said film producer Basil Iwanyk. “We were determined to bring him on board to ‘John Wick 4’ and are thrilled for the opportunity to have such a major talent to collaborate with Keanu.”
- Production for the film will start this summer, with shooting locations in France, Germany and Japan.
Other details: Although specific details are still being kept under wraps, Yen is set to play John Wick’s old friend who shares a similar history and common enemies as the titular character.
- Although Yen and Reeves have no official record of working together previously, “both have a long track record with the mutual frequent collaborator, director and fight choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping,” AV Club reported.
- British Japanese pop star Rina Sawayama is also set to make her feature film debut in “John Wick 4,” Stahelski announced at the end of last month. No news yet on her character.